Westminster’s More appoints Moorhouse Director of Finance, opps!

 

Barbara Moorehouse

Barbara Moorhouse

Yesterday Nutsville was told that Westminster City Council chief executive Mike More has appointed Barbara Jane Moorhouse as the Councils Director of Finance. More said of the appointment “Barbara Moorhouse has an exemplary record of achievement across the public and private sector and will be a real asset to the council. Barbara has the skills, attributes and qualities that are needed to help lead one of the best performing local authorities in the country.” Is he kidding, or perhaps he doesn’t know what we know?

Morehouse has a CV longer than a Chinese laundry list, with 52 resigned directorships and many directorships of dissolved companies under her belt.

2000 Morehouse was chief finance officer for technology company Kewill Systems but was given her marching orders by the chief executive Paul Nichols. Kewill was known as the ‘rapidly shrinking software company’ during Morehouse’s tenure. In 2002 Moorhouse became a non-executive director of the Child Support Agency (oh dear). Moorhouse joined Scala Business Solutions in 2003 but had resigned by 2004. but then moved to the Department for Constitutional Affairs, in March 2005. Moorhouse made another change to become the Director General of Finance at the Ministry of Justice in May 2007. But she has had an even more varied career path than that, once working for the day care nursery Jigsaw, and even South West Water. In fact it was whilst representing South West Water that Morehouse’s became the only woman to be booed when she went on stage in front of the Women’s Institute.

Former colleagues of Morehouse describe her, as a real vinegar tits with a talent for trouble, and we’re sorry for anyone who has to work along side her. Describing Morehouse, born 21-11-1958, as thick skinned and oblivious of the contempt some hold her in. But we think that’s just sour grapes, and Morehouse just has an enviable career, you know how bitchy some people can be when they had to leave their jobs.

Insiders tell us how she was caught out once when she worked for one large Croydon based company (which we cannot name, yet). She was supposed to be working from her flat in London, only visiting the Croydon head office twice in her time with them, insisting that meetings were to be held at her home. But cripes, when the directors held an emergency meeting Moorhouse was found to be not working at her home at all, no she was in America. No doubt another swift resignation and pay off.

Barbara Moorhouse’s exemplary record of achievements:

HEARTGOOD LTD Accountant

KEWILL ERP, INC. (Dissolved) Finance Director

ALPHA-NUMERIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

KEWILL-XETAL SYSTEMS LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

CREWE ELECTRA LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

T.J.BRAYBON & SON (DEVELOPMENT) CO. LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

OMICRON MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

BRAYBON-LELLIOTT LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

KEWILL SYSTEMS (UK) LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

HINKINS & FREWIN (PLANT) LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

HINKINS & FREWIN (OXFORD) LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

T.J. BRAYBON CONSTRUCTION LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

KEWILL ERP, INC. (Dissolved) Finance Director

ALPHA-NUMERIC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

OMICRON MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE LIMITED (Dissolved) Finance Director

THE ASSOCIATION OF ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS resigned as Finance Director.

A K PLANT LIMITED Liquidated and resigned as Finance Director.

SMHA LIMITED Non trading, and resigned as Finance Director.

MORGAN LOVELL SERVICES LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

MORGAN LOVELL SPECIALISED WORKS LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

MORGAN LOVELL REGIONS LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

MORGAN LOVELL LONDON LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

MORGAN LOVELL DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

OVERBURY CONSTRUCTION LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

GRANTRIGHT LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

IRIS SAFETY LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

SNAPE ROBERTS LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

OVERBURY MAINTENANCE LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

ELEC-TRACK INSTALLATIONS LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

OVERBURY MANAGEMENT LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

GRANTRIGHT CONCRETE ENGINEERING LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

OVERBURY & SONS LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

MORGAN SINDALL INVESTMENTS LIMITED resigned as Finance Director.

OVERBURY SPECIAL WORKS LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

OVERBURY RESTORATIONS LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

KING JAMES’ GATE (PORTSMOUTH) RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION LIMITED resigned as Finance Director.

SNAPE DESIGN & BUILD LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

SNAPE DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

MONTON PAINTING & FIRE PROTECTION LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

F H S ENGINEERING LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

NORLAND SQUARE MANSIONS RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION LIMITED resigned as Finance Director.

SINDALL JOINERY LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

SOTHAM ENGINEERING SERVICES LIMITED resigned as Finance Director.

OVERBURY PLC resigned as Finance Director.

SINDALL LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

SINDALL NORWICH LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

BLUEBELL PRINTING LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

SNAPE HOLDINGS LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

WHEATLEY CONSTRUCTION LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

OVERBURY PROJECTS LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

SINDALL CONCRETE PRODUCTS LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

SINDALL PLANT LIMITED (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

STANSELL LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

ROBERTS CONSTRUCTION LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

SINDALL EASTERN LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

BARNES & ELLIOTT LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

T.J.BRAYBON & SON LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

HINKINS & FREWIN LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

THE SNAPE GROUP LIMITED (non trading) resigned as Finance Director.

MORGAN SINDALL PLC resigned as Finance Director.

KEWILL MBL LTD (Dissolved) resigned as Director.

KEWILL SYSTEMS HOLDINGS LTD (Dissolved) resigned as Finance Director.

KEWILL PLC resigned as Finance Director.

KEWILL-XETAL SYSTEMS LIMITED resigned as company secretary.

KEWILL MBL LTD resigned as company secretary.

CREWE ELECTRA LIMITED resigned as company secretary.

KEWILL PLC resigned as company secretary.

Given Moorhouse’s track record we can now see why Mike More had to snap her up, an asset to any Council, hope she sticks around long enough.

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27 Comments

The OneNovember 24th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Wow and I thought my CV had quite a few names on it !!!!

The TwoNovember 24th, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Who is this woman? Is she a qualified accountant? I wonder what accountancy institute is stupid enough to have this lady as a member. She certainly is a very bad example for the profession. I wonder what has been going on in Mike More’s mind to have appointed such a failure.

BanditNovember 24th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

God’s Teeth. Mike More has either failed miserably to vet this woman properly, or he’s dumb enough to think that a long stream of employers indicates some form of usefule experience. Perhaps after investing – and losing such vast sums – in Icelandic banks, any old crow with a calculator will do.
By the sound of things, all those resignations probably occured just before someone gave her a slap…

Wonder what they’re paying her?

Perhaps she can dissolve Westminster Council with the evident efficiency demonstrated at her former employers…

AlexNovember 24th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I currently have a book running on how soon she will ‘resign’ coupled to the amount of money she will be paid off with.

The starting price is six-months and £125k.

Further bets will be carefully noted and the winner will be announced when she slips her Choos on and sashays into the sunset to the next job.

You won’t have long to wait.

I am just curious if the Councillors know of her appalling track record?

Pissed off bikerNovember 24th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Ha ha, I’m so glad you put her real birth date in, she seems to think she’s still 49.

You’d think a finance director would be better at figures.

I don't believe it!November 24th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Well done on your commentary. Information from published accounts shows:

She resigned from Morgan Sindell with a pay off of circa £180k (just under two years pay at the time);

She resigned from Kewill with a pay off of £130k (one years pay) plus £13k towards her legal fees – funny I didn’t think you incurred legal fees when you resigned.

In addition Private Eye ran a story on her in the last year. It was interested in Whitehall Mandarins who received hospitality from companies wishing to do business with Whitehall Mandarins. The hospitality received by Miss Moorhouse was singled out by the Eye as being particularly high amongst Mandarins. Well worth a read.

Ministry of Justice workerNovember 25th, 2009 at 9:55 am

This seems typical of Mike More who is man with no morals and a hatred of the people who pay his wages, the tax payer. Why should he care about appointing Mrs Moorhouse. Mike More has been a leach on the tax payer for so long, why should he not invite other leaches to join in.

Moorhouse herself was also PAID to leave her job at the Ministry of Justice as everyone there detested her so much. In fact the big joke about this hard faced bitch is that she earns more money from payoffs than she does in salary. So it wont be too long before the taxpayers of Westminster are forking out to get Moorhouse to just go back to play with her horses at her home in Lyndhurst in Hampshire.

TweedskinNovember 25th, 2009 at 11:24 am

Great article. I must add that along with her amazingly long CV, she definitely has a face for radio! Maybe she could get a job at Radio One….

TemplarNovember 25th, 2009 at 11:55 am

I am no expert in HR, but surely someone in WCC could have found a better choice than this woman? Unless they are looking for someone to blame for the imminent collapse of the PiP system, I really can’t see what she brings to the job.

She’s the job hunting equivqalent of a gold-digging wife: instead of marrying for the divorce settlement she seems to be getting the job simply for the payoff when she quits. Why the hell are our overlords hiring dross like that?

Wet BikerNovember 25th, 2009 at 12:13 pm

How do these people manage it. Earning these sums to be so inept at their jobs.

These people are the biggest leeches in the country – someone throw salt on her quickly.

DoT civil servantNovember 25th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Moorehouse came through a high level agency so as to adhere to the Council guidelines.

The agency promoted her skills when she worked at the Deptartment of Transport and later at the Ministry of Justice as a great asset. They said she would undoubtedly be valuable in the corridors of power at Westminster Council.

The agency were little aware of how detested she was to become at both those previous departments.

As far back as 2006 there were thinly veiled references to her many and varied appointments.

One only has to glance at the magazine of the Government Accountancy Service ‘The Gasette’ (geddit), where in its Spring 2006 issue (number 90) it said in an article about fragrant Babs “Barbara Moorhouse joined the DCA in March 2005 as director general finance, with a CV as long as it is varied.”

Any HR pro will know exactly what the phrase “a CV as long as it is varied” means!

SueNovember 25th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

I came across this site, which was number one on Google, because I had been told on the grapevine about Barbaras’ new appointment. My God, I couldn’t believe how accurate Nutsville is, and some of the readers’ comments. You must have some very good sources, because they echo my experiences of working, when Barbara was head of the department.

I can’t think why Mr More offered her the position, he must have been given poorly researched advice about this one. And I feel very sorry for the people in westminsters’ finance team, you should read this, because this is what you’re in for.

I’m sorry to say that Barbara is a networker, and never seemed to pick up on how much fellow colleagues loathed her so much.

Dear westminster finance team you have been warned, I’m truly sorry that she has ended up with Westminster Council.

She will be expensive and many of of you will feel miserable working with her.

1FrogNovember 25th, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Is she a friend of Susan Burbridge ?

Jamie ManningNovember 25th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

I can see a pattern emerging here. Barbara Moorhouse is hired and then fired (or ‘resigns’) and gets a nice big pay off. Who the hell would want to employ a woman with with a track record like Barbara Moorhouse’s? Oh of course, Westminster City Council would. I guess morons like to hire morons. If there’s one place she will fit in well, it’s the City of Westminster! God help us. . .

Supporting SueNovember 25th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

Yes I too had the experience of working in close proximity to Barbara Moorhouse.

On first impression she pulls the wool over your eyes – her power-point presentations are packed with bullet points and fancy diagrams (although in my experience she never summarised or prioritised any of the mass of information so I was left wondering if she knew what was important and what was dross).

After your first meeting the real Barbara Moorhouse kicks in. Westminster City Council be warned – Sue is right !

RebbecaNovember 26th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

How on earth did this person get a job at Westminster City Hall? I just don’t get it. There must be loads of decent people out there who could do the job much better but WCC decides to hire Barbara Moorhouse? It’s almost like they want Westminster City Council to fall apart!

MrCNovember 26th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

It seems that Westminsters finances are a mess so they are hirering her. Then they can fire her and blame it all on her.

Well someone had to put it black an white :-)

BanditNovember 28th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Well MrC, that would seem some kind of obvious reason.
Either that or Mr More has done a deal for a slice of her payoff when they kick her out. But I would never suggest that, because that would be naughty.

Pity the London papers – Evening Standard at least – don’t pick up on this stuff…

Tsk,tsk, the constant stream of embarrassment piling upon Wastemonster Council. And so close to elections, too!

BanditNovember 30th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Does she like huge bacon sandwiches with lashings of toamato sauce?

Looking at that photograph, looks like she’s just finished one off but forgot to wipe the tomato ketchup from the corners of her mouth…

cliveDecember 1st, 2009 at 7:43 am

Nice to see the exemplary track record continues unbroken from Kewill…

and is it surprising?

BJM read politics, philosophy and economics at St Catherine’s College, Oxford…

Vinegar is too sweet.

nickDecember 7th, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Watch out – she is also a big fan of using interim staff instead of permanent staff.

spjDecember 11th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Good article in this week’s Private Eye. Very true.

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simon0600June 17th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

ive finally seen some one whose had more jobs than me

Phil RandomeJune 18th, 2010 at 7:21 am

Westminster Council & Barbara Moorhouse deserve one another.

G FordNovember 21st, 2010 at 6:48 pm

… and don’t forget South West Water Ltd, of which she was the Finance Director!

NameJune 13th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Ms Moorhouse is currently on ’3 weeks leave’ at Westminster City Council.

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